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Old 06-22-2020, 02:09 PM
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Uncooked beans...

I know that we cook beans to denature the proteins and make them easier to digest. I just cannot get Basil to eat them most times. Yet, he will eat Garbanzo, Navy, and other beans uncooked. He just doesn't seem to like anything that has a soft and squishy texture.

Is there a harm feeding him the raw, uncooked beans?

Also, if any of you have advice for picky eaters and converting them, please let me know. I know the pellets he likes are my fault from years of me traveling for work and my kids/parents taking the easy route. But he's 22, and never had "odd" colors, so I guess we did something right.

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Re: Uncooked beans...

Yes, uncooked beans are not just hard to digest, but toxic.

The key to picky eaters is persistence (keep offering) and play. Play with the level of cooking you do: raw vs cooked. Some birds won’t touch raw carrots, eating Olney soft cooked carrots. Others won’t touch cooked carrots, preferring raw.

And play with the preparation/chopping: whole, halves, cubed, julienned, shredded, fine cuts tot he size of rice, sheets. The sky’s the limit!

Some birds won’t eat raw shoestring carrots, but will eat cooked cubes carrots.

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Re: Uncooked beans...

Yes, makes sense. We do mess with the chop, he is just super picky now. He used to love pomegranates, prickly pears, all types of stuff. Now he is more just into apples, and will "nose" through the chop. The best is the sad sound that plays after I am all happy that I made new chop, and he shoves his beak in the bowl and throws it all out in one shot.
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Re: Uncooked beans...

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Yes, makes sense. We do mess with the chop, he is just super picky now. He used to love pomegranates, prickly pears, all types of stuff. Now he is more just into apples, and will "nose" through the chop. The best is the sad sound that plays after I am all happy that I made new chop, and he shoves his beak in the bowl and throws it all out in one shot.
They need to be cooked to break down a toxin/poison (it's not just digestion) and certain ones remain unsafe even after cooking.
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Re: Uncooked beans...

Yep, definitely cook those beans.

The key, I've found, is variety and rotation of chop ingredients. Personally, I make enough chop for 3 - 4 days worth of meals. Then, when making the next batch, I make it markedly different from the one before. Otherwise, they get tired of the same old thing every day.

Others make much larger batches that can be frozen, but they make different chop types in those large batches so that variety can be maintained. Just a variation on the same theme.

And Chris' point about mixing up preparation is huge, too. Texture is at least as important to birds as taste. Remember that their sense of taste is far less sensitive than ours. So, they focus on texture more than we do. My Bixby, for instance, only ate grated carrots. Never sliced. Weird, but I just went with the flow.

One other thing, though. You mention he's suddenly become picky. Is it to the point of weight loss? Refusing to eat foods he previously liked could be an indication of an issue if it's to a significant enough degree. But if his appetite remains healthy, this likely isn't anything to worry about.
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